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Windows 7: Win 7 - Removing folders from the Left Nav Tree.

08 May 2011   #1

Windows 7
Win 7 - Removing folders from the Left Nav Tree.

Please, before anyone suggests using the "favorite folder links" view-type in the left-navigation panel instead of tree-navigation, I like moving files around my hardrive by dragging into the left-nav and having them dynamically open up so I can maintain a large sub-folder listing.

That being said, there are some utterly useless folders that I could love to stop seeing. I have, of course, already removed Control Panel, Favorite, HomeGroup, Libraries, and Network.

I am very interested in removing the following from my left-nav tree, because even though I never need to drag files into them they are always there taking up space in my left-nav panel:

"User Folder" Sub-Folders:
- AppData
- Contacts
- Desktop

"Computer\C:" Sub-Folders:
- MSOCache
- ProgramData
- Users (I already have this listed in the Nav-Tree)

My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 May 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

Unlike special folders (Favorites, Libraries, Network and HomeGroup etc.) individual folders cannot be removed from that panel. There are simply no registry settings for them.

Looks like the only natural solution could be to set Hidden attributes to those folders (and some of them already are hidden) and turn ON option "Don't show hidden files, folder, or drives".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2011   #3

Windows 7

Thanks. I've tried that already, but it doesn't work.
Is there at least a way to remove "Users\Favorites" like there is for the special favorites folder in the tree navigation?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 May 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

Regular folders can be easily hidden. It works, please check picture of the user folder attached.

First you need to select properties of the folder and make that folder hidden and then using tutorial you can find
"Don't show hidden files, folder, or drives" option and turn it on.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2011   #5

Windows 7

yeah, sorry about that. It does work, afterall.
Sometimes the Favorites and Serches folders can be tricky and not hide even when their attribute is set to hide.
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